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Appledore, in North Devon, was originally served by the Bideford, Appledore and Westward Ho! Railway but this closed in World War one. The rolling stock and track were recovered for the war effort.
The layout is based upon a fictitious history where the London and South Western Railway built a new line from their Bideford station to Westward Ho! and Appledore mainly to tap in to the ship building traffic. Later on the LSWR added a direct link towards Torrington allowing clay trains from Meeth and Passenger trains from Halwill Junction to run directly to Appledore.
The Southern Railway rebuilt the station to cater for increased holiday passenger traffic.
The layout was built in the early 1980’s by Ian Lampkin and since then has undergone numerous changes including an increase in length from the original size. It is set in the early 1960s era. A line serving the shipbuilders has been located to the front of the fiddleyard along with a street scene, with the clay unloading point served by the track going off scene at the rear of the layout.
Most buildings have been scratch built from plastic sheet. Some of the street side buildings have been kitbashed from Dornaplas building kits. Plain track is by SMP Scaleway with turnouts being scratch built. Rolling stock is a mixture of kit built and modified ready to run. All stock is now fitted with Kadee couplers and magnets hidden within the track. This allows handsfree uncoupling.